Reading Group Role-Playing

February 10, 2016, 6:00PM - 7:00PM

Wiesner Room
20 Ames Street, Bldg. E15-207
Cambridge, MA 02139

How do media platforms simultaneously construct and maintain a range of characters and social roles? Join List Curatorial Fellow Monica Steinberg for a reading and discussion group exploring the tensions between the personal and the performed, nonfictional life and fictionalized beings, and complex self-conceptions and static identities in List Projects: Ann Hirsch.

Ann Hirsch’s work in video and performance considers the effects of technology on popular culture; many of her projects examine how young women are portrayed and present themselves in social media and online. Hirsch—who often characterizes her work as research—has started a YouTube channel for one of her personas which gained a cult following, appeared as a contestant on a reality television show, and created a series of works loosely based on her pre-teen experience in an online chat room in the 1990s. The exhibition at the List Center will include three projects (the artist’s self-described “greatest hits”): Scandalishious (2008-2009), Here for You (Or My Brief Love Affair with Frank Maresca) (2010), and Twelve (2013). 

Advanced registration is required. All reading materials will be sent electronically in advance of the session. Register here

For more information, contact:

Monica Steinberg
[617] 253-4680

  • Ann Hirsch, still from Scandalishious, 2008-2009. 4-channel video installation, color, sound; Caroline compilation: 42.5 min., Comments 10 min., response videos (top) 22 min., response videos (bottom) 20 min. Courtesy the artist.